Plant derived formulations
Natures Organics is dedicated to producing the most natural, plant derived products possible. We source as many ingredients as we can from renewable, sustainable sources and we will continue to improve our formulations and replace synthetically derived ingredients as new plant derived substitutes become available.
Beyond our dedication to providing customers with naturally derived formulations that are both gentle and effective, Natures Organics has long been committed to producing products utilising recycled materials at every opportunity.
We currently use a yearly average of 1,583 tonnes of recycled PET plastic and 202 tonnes of HDPE plastic producing bottles to be used throughout our product ranges. All these bottles produced from recycled material can then be further recycled, leading to an “endless bottle” situation.
The one problem we have found with using recycled PET is that it can cause the bottles to have a yellow tinge which some people find disconcerting as it can make the bottle look “dirty”. This technology is progressing quickly, with each new batch having less of a yellow tinge. Soon it won't be possible to tell the difference between recycled and non recycled PET.
Our cardboard boxes containing our dishwasher tablets and laundry powders are both produced using 95% recycled materials. These boxes can then be fully recycled once the product is finished.
Natures Organics & the Australian Packaging Covenant
As brand-owners of an environmentally responsible organisation, Natures Organics has joined as a signatory to APC (Australian Packaging Covenant) to be a part of the change in the culture of businesses in designing more sustainable packaging, increasing recycling rates and reducing our packaging litter.
Plant based packaging
In addition to being the first in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere to produce recycled PET bottles for haircare and household cleaning products, Natures Organics has also recently become the first company to introduce sustainable, compostable packaging (PLA- poly lactic acid ) made from renewable plant-based sources. Most plastics are made from crude oil and our move towards using bioplastic is the latest initiative that brings Natures Organics yet another step closer to achieving realistic sustainable packaging.
Did you know that it takes 3.5 litres of crude oil to make 1 kilogram of plastic? There is 3.4 kilograms of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere for every kilogram of PET plastic created. In comparison there is only 0.27 kilograms of CO2 emitted for every kilogram of PLA. Not only does Natureworks BioPlastic come from a natural sustainable resource, it results in 95% reduction in CO2. This makes it the plastic of the future.
In addition to PLA, Natures Organics have just started producing and using bottles made from “Green PE”, a plastic derived from sugarcane. This plastic is fully recyclable with all other plastic designated recycling number 2 and contains all the advantages of traditional polyethylene, but comes from a 100% renewable resource.
Environmental/Organic "Accreditations": Why Natures Organics brands are not accredited.
In our opinion, an environmental accreditation should force those seeking accreditation to modify or change the way they produce and create products to lessen environmental impact. If the accreditation fails to achieve this, we believe it is not worth the paper it is written on. In my mind this completely contradicts the purpose of accreditation and sells it off to those who are willing to pay. In fact, it is our belief that we go beyond the accreditation by our high usage of recycled materials; our new cornstarch packaging materials to replace plastics derived from crude oil; our high usage of plant based raw materials and surfactants; and our pursuit and implementation of new technologies as they become available. If any of our consumers can share with us any insight or ideas that can improve the way we produce or create our products it is our unswerving commitment that will ensure we follow it through. The fact of the matter is everything we do has an impact on the environment; it is our job to minimise it. What is environmental today may be seen as detrimental tomorrow because as new technologies are developed we are finding better and better ways to produce ...
Managing Director, Justin Dowel.
‘Choose Cruelty Free’
Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) is an independent, non-profit organisation which actively promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. It certifies companies who are committed to producing and selling products which have not been tested on animals and do not contain cruelly derived animal ingredients.
Natures Organics is proud to be a member of Choose Cruelty Free. In creating our products, we never test on animals or use animal ingredients, and we require all our suppliers to meet these strict standards also.
Lately there has been media attention in regards to personal care products which are exported to China. These products are required to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold in this market. We have chosen not to export these products to China until this requirement is abolished.
As an on-going commitment to the supply of quality products & high service to its customers, Natures Organics has been Kosher certified as of November 2010. This ensures that our dish and surface cleaners are suitable not only for members of the community who practice Kosher, but also those who require similar standards of cleanliness.
Consumers wanting Kosher certified products can look for the official symbol of Kosher Australia on the back label of our products.